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Backpacker Magazine – October 2005
Got summit fever? The sky's the limit with a fitness plan and climbing tips from world-class mountaineer Ed Viesturs.
Pick The Right Mountain
As a teenager, Viesturs was itching to climb Rainier. But he knew enough to know that he didn't know how to climb the 14,411-foot, glaciated peak. So he went to Mt. St. Helens (pre-eruption) to hone his skills. Five months later, he reached Rainier's snowy summit. Viesturs's advice for choosing a mountain is to start small. Research the skills you'll need, like hiking in crampons or navigating off-trail. Then find a peak that lets you master them in a safe environment.